Emory Report
February 4, 2008
Volume 60, Number 18

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February 4, 2008
Humanitarians honored for service in diverse roles

By Beverly clark

The University’s Humanitarian Award recognizes students who embody a spirit of volunteerism and sense of community, both on campus and off.

This year’s winners:

Zain Ahmed, a senior chemistry major, is a former Emory Community Building and Social Change Fellow who is working with students from Emory, Harvard and Princeton universities on HEED (Health, Education and Economic Development), a nonprofit seeking to develop a clinic, school and micro-credit initiative in Guatemala.

Alex Kappus, a sophomore political science and philosophy major, founded SYNERGY, a student organization with more than 200 members, that is focused on building community within Emory and beyond campus.

Stephanie LaPointe, a senior biology major, is co-director of Volunteer Emory and took a lead role last fall in the campus portion of Emory Cares, an international service day for Emory alumni, students, faculty and staff.

Anneliese Millones is an active member of Health Students Taking Action Together (HealthSTAT) and regular volunteer at clinics in rural South Georgia and in Atlanta to provide health care to those in need.

Benish Shah is director of community outreach for the Student Bar Association who founded and led an initiative to provide nearly 300 craft and toy kits for seriously ill patients at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta who are unable to attend “activity time.” She also started Emory’s South Asian Law Students Association.